Carla McKenzie, MD of catering consultancy MYA Consulting is currently undertaking a charity challenge to ride a state-of-the-art Zero DSR electric motorcycle from London to Paris.
Alongside her, Julie Diplock, founder of Elk Promotions, which runs classic motorcycle and autojumble events across East Sussex, will be on a 1926 Triumph motorcycle to complete the challenge.
The pair set off from Westminster on Tuesday and are due to arrive in Paris today, and they have added to the difficulty by avoiding tarmac as much possible, using old carriageways and green lanes.
They are raising funds for three charities close to their hearts: the Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust (DDMT), which offers support and assistance to soldiers who are currently serving, or have served, in the armed forces; the Kent, Sussex, and Surrey (KSS) air ambulance, which provides an emergency service to patients who have suffered trauma or medical emergencies; and he Joan Seeley Memorial Trust, based in Kent, which provides pain relief and medical equipment for hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
Prior to the ride, McKenzie and Diplock trained with a regime of fitness and trail riding practice for the event.
Some trials and tribulations were anticipated; specifically, finding places to charge the Zero in rural locations and overcoming the mechanical and riding challenges of piloting a 1926 Triumph model Q on muddy green lanes, with hand gear-change and lever throttle.
However, McKenzie is no stranger to motorcycle adventures, having ridden across the USA with wounded veterans as pillions several times. In 2015 she completed an epic challenge for charity, riding a British trail bike from John O’Groats to Land’s End, using as many green lanes as possible, having only just learnt to trail ride. This latest project combines her enthusiasm for both trail riding and electric motorcycles.
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